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Not guilty pleas in Mexican Mafia prison gang case

Not guilty pleas in Mexican Mafia prison gang case

Eleven people charged in a conspiracy case related to the Mexican Mafia, a notoriously violent prison gang whose influence reaches beyond prison walls, pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges.

The defendants — four men and seven women — are among 20 people accused in the case, the result of a three-year investigation dubbed “Operation Emero.”

Prosecutors have said the probe revealed how members of the Mexican Mafia, also known as La Eme, used prison phones, contraband cellphones, mail and email to communicate with associates on the outside who extorted victims, sold drugs and collected money on behalf of incarcerated gang members.

On Monday, San Diego...

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